About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The Theatre program is offered in alternate years; the next intake is September 2019.

Theatre offers MFA programs in Performance (Acting and Performance/Creation), DirectingDesign for Performing Arts and Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage. Program focus is on a conservatory studio program for advanced theatre artists who wish to upgrade their skills or who seek the knowledge needed to teach.

We offer intense training taught by outstanding professors who work professionally in Toronto - one of the largest and most exciting theatre communities in the world — and abroad.

Facilities include four performance spaces, multiple studios and excellent set, costume and prop-building facilities.

You’ll enjoy the benefits of outstanding new facilities in the new Accolade Project, including a 325-seat proscenium theatre with orchestra pit and generous stage, wing and backstage areas, an expanded scene shop and two large acting studios.

Note: Applicants interested in the Collaborative Program in Theatre Directing with Canadian Stage should contact the Graduate Program Assistant to be alerted as to when the application will be available.


Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper AND
  • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
  • Project
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 9, 2019 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV
    • Statement of intent
    • Acting and Directing: audition/interview (contact program to set up an appointment)
    • Design: portfolio/evaluation (contact program to set up an appointment).

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3


    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3